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Virbhadra is located in Uttarakhand
Virbhadra is located in India
Location in Uttarakhand, India
Coordinates: 30°04′N 78°17′E / 30.07°N 78.28°E / 30.07; 78.28Coordinates: 30°04′N 78°17′E / 30.07°N 78.28°E / 30.07; 78.28
Country  India
State Uttarakhand
District Dehradun
Elevation 330 m (1,080 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 13,271
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 249202
Telephone code 0135
Vehicle registration UK

Virbhadra is a town in Dehradun district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, located close to the pilgrimage town of Rishikesh. It is most known as the factory township of Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited, Rishikesh plant (IDPL), a Government of India undertaking, established in 1967, with about 2700 houses,[1] with Government Inter College and a Kendriya Vidyalaya, established in 2003 [2] The town also has a Neem Karoli Baba Ashram and a Hanuman Mandir. Very near to the town is the Pashulok Barrage which acts as a water reservoir for the Chilla Hydro power plant. The motorable road to the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple temple passes along the top of the dam.


Virbhadra is located at 30°04′N 78°17′E / 30.07°N 78.28°E / 30.07; 78.28.[3] It has an average elevation of 330 metres (1,083 feet).


It is named after Virabhadra, an avatar created through the wrath of Shiva after the yajña of Daksha, at Kankhal. An ancient Shiva temple known as Virbhadra Temple, dedicated to him, is situated within the town. Virbhadra is famous for the first government pharmaceutical plant, Indian Drugs and Pharmaceutical Limited (IDPL).


As of 2011 India census,[4] Virbhadra had a population of 13,271. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Virbhadra has an average literacy rate of 81%, higher than the national average of 74.04%: male literacy is 86%, and female literacy is 75%. In Virbhadra, 8% of the population is under 6 years of age.